Everyone is searching for a great life. Maybe it’s the home run at work which will elevate you to the next level in your company. Maybe it’s the supportive spouse or the child that excels at school and sports. Yet the golden ring of greatness is always just a bit out of our reach. We never can grab the ring and achieve the great life. Instead we continue on the merry-go-round of life—in search of the good life.
As you have probably discovered, a good life is one of those interesting paradoxes. It is both easy and difficult to attain. It’s easy because we were made to live a good life. But it can be difficult because we seem to go out of our way to make ourselves unhappy. We seem to focus on the great moments in life and not appreciate the good life that we have each day. A good life requires both a decision to be happy and a commitment to follow through with those actions, thoughts, and behaviors that will give us the good life we deserve and should have.
The focus point that I want to share with you brings me to a statement that I have heard before: “People who smile a lot don’t know why.” The most pleasant people are those who smile a lot. A smile doesn’t cost you anything and it is one of the universal signs worldwide that is never misunderstood. A smile says, “I like you; I’m glad to see you; I’m glad to be with you.” It is a sign of recognition to both loved ones and strangers who cross your path. You will never run out of smiles no matter how many you give away. As people smile they set free the light within them. They know that love helps to ease pain, grief, discouragement, failure as well as the other negative experiences and emotions. Their smile communicates a good life.
Those who are afraid, in need of control, have given up and lost hope, rarely ever smile. They have lost touch with the light within themselves. I suggest the next time you see somebody in the office or pass a family member in the hallway, just send him or her, a big smile and watch the good life grow. A smile is your choice. Just please understand why it is so important now, more than ever, for you to consistently focus on the “good life!” Always remember, “Life is too short not to be happy and life is too long not to understand the power of a smile for you and those that depend on you.”
The Good Life Rules when you smile!
Dodge Development, Inc.